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Is your MIND-SET keeping you stuck?

MIND-SET: n. "habits of mind formed by previous experience"


People tend to toss this word around a lot, but it's important to know what it actually means before we can create any change.

Mindset is a habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations.

Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference. Dweck describes the two different mindsets she discovered and how they determine our outcomes and success:

The Fixed Mindset

The Growth Mindset

In a fixed mindset, is the belief that basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong.

In a growth mindset, the belief is that basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point.

This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities of the growth mindset.

Teaching a growth mindset can create motivation and productivity in business, education, and sports. Mindsets are beliefs—beliefs about yourself and your most basic qualities.

Think about your intelligence, your talents, your personality. Are these qualities simply fixed traits, carved in stone and that’s that? Or are they things you can grow and develop throughout your life?

People with a fixed mindset believe that their traits are just givens. They have a certain amount of brains and talent and nothing can change that. If they have a lot, they’re all set, but if they don’t...they're screwed. People in this mindset worry about their traits and how adequate they are. They have something to prove to themselves and others.

People with a growth mindset, on the other hand, see their qualities as things that can be developed through their dedication and effort. Even better if they’re brainy or talented, but that’s just the starting point.

They understand that no one has ever accomplished great things—not even Michael Jordan—without years of passionate practice and learning.

People may start with different skill sets or talents, but it's clear that experience, training, and personal effort take them the rest of the way.

Robert Sternberg, intelligence guru, writes that the major factor in whether people achieve expertise “is not some fixed prior ability, but purposeful engagement.” Or as Binet recognized, it’s not always the people who start out the smartest who end up the smartest!

It's always been very encouraging to know that WE determine our future through our mindset and not just skill alone!

So, thinking back, which mindset have you been operating in for most of your life, fixed or growth?

I’ve definitely gone through phases of both and am now fully living in the growth mindset.

For example, I always wanted to be a veterinarian when I was younger, but never thought I was smart enough to go to vet school. If I was living in the growth mindset during that time, I would have known that I could work hard and become smart enough to be a fabulous veterinarian.

growth mindset would have known that I could have BECOME smart enough by working hard. Now as an adult I have completely transformed into a growth mindset. I know that anything I want to do and be is available to me if I am willing to do the work, grow and learn! 

SoI ask you again, which mindset have you been operating in? 

Have you switched back and forth throughout life? Is it so clear now why you chose to not pursue certain things that you actually wanted to do, but felt they weren't available to you because you weren't "smart" or "talented" enough?

If you've been living in the fixed mindset, it's important to know that growth is available to you, it's available to us all and it's confirmation that your mindset and work ethic have the ability to transform your future!

Mindset has a lot to do with the habitual thinking you've also created. Time to re-create it. 

If you'd like to chat more about how to flip that mindset and grow to levels you've only dreamed of, I encourage you to set up a complimentary 30 minute consult with me by signing up here: 30 min consult.